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June 7, 2016
Let’s give Jack his [red?] jacket and flowers while he can smell them

Editor: There are sometimes things which are better left unsaid. After careful introspection and examination I am pleased, and relieved, to conclude that this is not one of those. Biases and prejudices aside, let’s give Jack his [red?] jacket and flowers while he can smell them.{{more}}

I see the current Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, in much the same light as our first national hero, Joseph Chatoyer. Like Chatoyer, Dr Gonsalves, after a 21st century model, has well liberated the Vincentian people by opening wide the doors of opportunity for advancement and progression like no leader of any government before him. I would dare say, when the discussions continue regarding naming a new national figure, maybe we should not seek to do one posthumously.

With failing or flaws, if any, as a captain, Dr Gonsalves has indeed guided his little ship with dexterity and resolute strength, when at times it seemed it could capsize. His vision remained clear when many obviously could not see what was in his view. At the helm his efforts and actions are clearly indefatigable; his administration active and proactive. 

Notwithstanding the fact that it is God who rules in the heavens and all the earth, yet He has given gifts to men to do and to be, to move and to shake. I believe that as a faithful servant, Dr Gonsalves has fulfilled this mandate to “be fruitful and replenish the earth”. I pray God blesses him with the increase He gives to those who invest their talents for greater good. To carry all of this without a countenance that is lifted up is also a remarkable feat.

Not to be a spoke in the wheel of any dissenter, myself being one that is converted, I see that getting an ‘A’ plus doesn’t mean you get all the answers right. It means you got most of them, and that you have done exceptional. 

This is my tribute, and I salute you,


Rizpah Steward